Cat Project Archives for September 4-8, 2017.
4, 2017 - "The majority of people who still have back
doors don't let their cats go through them." - Charlene
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I'm watching, and you are disgusting."
Mewvie: Cats dig cute chicks.
Feline Art: "Cat Ball" by
cat raises money for Harvey victims
by Melkorka Lecea
This cat has people feel-ine like opening their wallets.
People from across the nation have shelled out more than $20,000 for
victims of Hurricane Harvey in exchange for a funny photo of a Brooklyn
Rachel Millman, 29, of Bushwick, came up with the purr-fect idea to help
people affected by the Texas storm when she realized how much her Twitter
followers love photos of her 18-pound tabby cat named Jerry.
“ He’s kind of a mini-celebrity among my followers,” Millman
told The Post. “So I thought how many people would actually donate to see
this funny picture?”
The freelance writer tweeted the prospect on Aug. 28, writing “@
me with proof of donating to a charity for south Texas and I will dm
[direct message] you a photo of Jerry behaving badly.”
Requests immediately came pouring in.
“ I felt really flabbergasted and pleasantly shocked,” said Millman.
As of Saturday, she had sent out nearly 300 photos of Jerry and tallied
$23,492 in donation to charities, but expects that number to grow.
Millman wants to keep details of the photo a secret in order to keep
donors’ interests piqued.
The cat mom also created second and third tier “rewards,” for
$69 and $100 donations, which include a funny video of Jerry doing air
guitar and a drawing of the big kitty.
Millman was touched by how many people jumped at the chance to help.
“ I feel really fortunate to be a first hand witness to so many people
being good,” she said.
5, 2017 - "There are two means of refuge from the
miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer
Gratuitous Kittiness: What to do with the refrigerator box.
Mewvie: Why can't won't shut up.
Feline Art: Random nutzo
6, 2017 - "Which is more beautiful--feline movement
or feline stillness?"
- Elizabeth Hamilton
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's a bit... snug."
Mewvie: Cat obeys street lights.
Art: "Musci Cats" by Leonid Afremov.
7, 2017 - "The cat seldom interferes with other people's
rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the
fool things that complicate life." - Carl Van Vechten
Gratuitous Kittiness: Wearing his heart on his sleeve.
Mewvie: Cats haven't changed since 1899, but humans have.
Feline Art: "Wrapped
Cats" by Georgia Gerber.
8, 2017 - "If a homeless cat could talk, it would
probably say, 'Give me shelter, food, companionship and
love, and I will be yours for life!" - Susan Easterly
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Adventure Cat to the rescue!"
Mewvie: Rehabilitating a paralyzed kitten.
Feline Art: Cat painting
by Lindsey Kustusch.
your pets for Hurricane Irma
by Howard Cohen
Pet owners know one certainty: Our dogs and cats and other critters are
members of the family.
If you’re staying at a secure home, or have decided to leave as
Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, emergency plans not only must
focus on the traditional family unit but on the animals that depend on
us for their safety. You wouldn’t leave your child behind to fend
for themselves — and that applies to your pets.
Here are some tips on how to care for your pets before, during and after
Staying at home? Stay together
• Of course, bring your pets inside well in advance of deteriorating weather
• Scared cats and dogs will often seek nooks and crannies to hide in. This
isn’t always a bad thing but know your hidden spaces. If there are any
potential hazards (motors, electrical outlets, sharp items, stored items that
could prove poisonous) close off the spaces.
• Better yet, keep your pets in their carrier and keep it near you as they
will feel more secure. And so will you.
Put in some of their favorite toys or items that have your scent, like
a shirt or something similarly soft and cuddly. Plus, if the worst should
happen and you are forced to evacuate at a moment’s notice it will
be much easier to find your frightened pet and get a move on together
without adding more stressful searching of the nooks and crannies.
• Just as you would for yourself, identify a spot in your house as the
safest zone — usually a room that isn’t near windows and can be closed
off, like a bathroom. Stay together with your pets in that room.
• Once you have decided on a course of action make sure you can initiate
it without delay. If you have all of your supplies like food and flashlights
and water handy and accessible in a blackout, the same goes for your pet supplies.
Searching for items when the power is out and you don’t know which drawer
or cupboard you stored them in beforehand is frustrating.
Evacuating? Stay together (if you can)
• Knowles Animal Clinics is serving as a shelter for your pets as a last
resort so long as space remains, said Alyssa Dominguez from its Kendall location
on Sunset Drive. But you have to bring your own kennel and you can’t stay
at Knowles with your pet.
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• Check now with your regular vet to see if their hospital or office boards
animals. Some do. But you would not be able to stay with your dog or cat.
• Miami-Dade’s Animal Services has identified two pet-friendly evacuation
E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion, 10901 SW 24th St.
And Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, 1410 County Line Rd.
Also, in Broward, there is a pet-friendly evacuation center at Millennium
Middle School, 5803 NW 94th Ave., Tamarac.
Pets are otherwise not permitted at general population shelters and won’t
be able to board buses bound for these shelters. Monitor your news media
for updates and MiamiDade.Gov also updates its emergency status page.
These centers will accept dogs and cats as well as birds, ferrets, gerbils,
guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10
pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds).
But there are rules. The pets have to be current with vaccinations (you’ll
be asked for their medical records). You have to have proof of residency
within an evacuation zone. You’re limited to four pets and one
of you must stay with your animal. Don’t forget their supplies.
For more information call 311.
• Some hotels or motels will allow you to bring you pet but check first
and ask if “no pet” policies are waived during emergencies. PetsWelcome.Com
has a pet-friendly hotel search function. Type in your city for a list of hotels
that welcome animals.
• On the road? Keep your pets in their kennels so they aren’t free
to move about your vehicle. Keep your animal’s collar and tags on them
at all times. Update the tags if you have moved, changed your phone number or
changed any other identifying information.
• Stick to your plan. If you decide to leave, then do so. If you feel secure
in your shuttered-home, stay. Be prepared. A constant change of plans can lead
to stress, which your pet picks up on.
• The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires state and local government
agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that provide goods or services
to the public to make reasonable modifications in their policies, practices,
or procedures when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. Service
animals fall under this general principle. Entities, such as hotels, that have
a “no pets” policy, generally must modify the policy to allow service
animals into their facilities, according to the ADA.
A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained
to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The
tasks must be directly related to the person’s disability. However,
a pet that provides comfort by its mere presence, doesn’t qualify.
Have an emergency kit
? You have one, right? Your pet’s isn’t that much different.
Match her food and water needs to your own. This means have enough of
their regular food for two weeks — non-perishable. Good plan to
have readily accessible can openers. A carrier. A litter box and fresh
litter. Plastic bags. Medicine and medical records for your pet in waterproof
containers. An extra leash. A litter scooper.
And make sure all of their essentials are in one easy-to-grab place,
like a backpack, in case you have to evacuate in a hurry.
• ID ’em. You know what your pet looks like but in an emergency sometimes
it’s hard to think straight when trying to describe her. Vets advise microchipping
your pet to aid in recovery. Another good idea: Have a photo of your pet with
you in case you get separated. This visual reference may help your neighbors
spot your missing cat or dog.
Keep your cool
We realize hurricanes, especially ones as powerful as Irma threatens
to be, are terrifying. But if you panic so will your pet and that will
only add to the stress level for both of you. Try as best you can to
speak to your pet in a calm, soothing and reassuring voice.